Recommended Equipment

Recommended Equipment

 

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The following is a selection of recommended workshop equipment. Suitable for most mechanical & engineering projects. Plus our suggested guidelines for safe operation of workshop tools.

For further advice please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

 

Recommended Safety Info Sheets:

Example risk assessment for a motor vehicle mechanical repair workshop.

Slips and trips: The importance of floor cleaning.

Health & Safety in engineering workshops.

Five steps to risk assessment.


Introductio

Safety Equipment:                                                            

Goggles, gloves, ear plugs,                                                 
ear defenders , overalls & masks.


 

Hammers:                                  
Medium ball, Pane, toffee , tack , & soft faced hammer.

 

Measuring Tools:

Tape measure, centre punch,
scriber, steel ruler, &
sliding, digital vernier

 

Pliers:
Side cutter, stub nose &
needle pliers.

 

Spanners:
Small & large adjustable.
Combination.

 

 

Socket set:
Metric & imperial.

 

Screw drivers:
Philips & slot.
Allen keys : metric

 

Electric drill:
Mains powered, with
keyed chuck.
Drill bits : metric & imperial.

 

Angle grinder:

Angle grinder with both
wire brush & cutting discs.
40 grade flat wheel.

 

Hacksaws & Files:

Hacksaw,
& assorted metal files.
Axle stands & tyre pump.

 

Air Compressor.

 

Guidelines for the safe operation of workshop equipment -

BEFORE OPERATING ANY MACHINE READ THE GENERAL SAFETY CHECKLIST AND THE
SECTION SPECIFICALLY RELATING TO THE MACHINE(S) TO BE USED


General Safety Checklist
 Do not attempt to operate any machinery until you are sure you know how to use it.
Ensure that you know how to stop the machine before starting it.
Ensure that all appropriate guards are in position before starting the machine.
Check, where appropriate that the direction of rotation of the workpiece or cutter is correct.
Ensure that any feed mechanisms are in neutral before starting the machine.
Ensure that all tools, workpieces, etc. are secure before starting the machine.
Do not walk away and leave the machine running.
Wear appropriate personal protection - safety glasses, shoes, etc.
Do not remove swarf with bare hands - wear gloves and use a rake or brush.
Do not wear gloves near rotating machinery.
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Lathes
Always remove the chuck key from the lathe chuck.
Do not use cracked or damaged tools.
Keep all tools sharp.
Do not touch revolving chucks or workpieces.
Keep the lathe-bed clear: Do not allow a build-up of swarf.
Always use the correct tools for the job.


Milling Machines
Ensure that the feed mechanism is disengaged before starting the machine.
Position guards to deflect chips to a safe area.
Do not use cracked or damaged cutters.
Do not attempt climb milling unless the machine is designed for that purpose.
Do not touch revolving cutters.
Do not attempt to clear swarf from the cutter area while it is rotating.


Bandsaws
Use the correct tooth-pitch and bandspeed for the material being sawn.
Adjust the top guard to just clear the workpiece.
Do not over-tension the blade.
Use a "Push Stick" when cutting completely through a narrow item of work.


Pedestal/Radial Arm Drills
Ensure that long hair is restrained
Rotating drive shafts must be guarded.
Lock adjustable tables and arms before drilling commences.
Clamp the material to be drilled in a vice or to the machine table.
Use the correct speed range for the size of the drill in use.

 

Shapers/Planers
Check the speed and stroke length before starting.
Check that the clutch is disengaged before starting the drive motor.
Check that the workpiece is securely fastened and if using a vice that this is also secure before starting.
Do not use excessive stroke length.
Use guards, where possible, to stop or deflect chips into a collecting tray.
Check that the space occupied by the ram on its return stroke is clear.
Keep the hands away from the workpiece even when using a very low ram speed.
Always stop the ram before gauging the workpiece.


Surface Grinding
Only authorised personnel who have attended an appropriate Abrasive Wheels course may mount or dress grinding wheels (Abrasive Wheels Regulations 1970).
This applies to ALL grinding machines.
Do not use a cracked wheel. Report it.
Turn off coolant when wheel is stationary.
Ensure that the work is held securely on the magnetic chuck, or is securely clamped by other means.
Always wear eye protection during grinding operations.


Off Hand Grinding
Only authorised personnel who have attended an appropriate Abrasive Wheels course may mount or dress grinding wheels.
(Abrasive Wheels Regulations 1970).
This applies to ALL grinding machines.
Do not use a cracked wheel. Report it.
Check the wheel rotation before grinding.
Turn off the coolant when the wheel is stationary.
Transparent face guards/eye shields must be fitted to the machine.
They must be clean and properly adjusted.
The work-rest must be as close to the wheel face as possible.
The side of straight-sided wheels should never be used for grinding.
 Always wear eye protection during grinding operations.
Take care not to leave loose rags etc. near grinding wheels, if a rag is caught in a rotating wheel it can cause the wheel to burst.


Cylindrical Grinding
Only authorised personnel who have attended an appropriate Abrasive Wheels course may mount or dress grinding wheels
(Abrasive Wheels Regulations 1970).
Do not use a cracked wheel. Report it.
Turn off coolant when the wheel is stationary.
Remove the chuck-key before starting rotation of the chuck.
Lock tailstock centre when grinding between centres.
Always wear eye protection during grinding operations.


Internal Grinding
Only authorised personnel may mount or dress grinding wheels
(Abrasive Wheels Regulations 1970).
Do not use a cracked wheel. Report it.
Check the wheel rotation before grinding.
Turn off the coolant when the wheel is stationary.
Remove the chuck-key before the chuck rotates.
Ensure that the chuck has stopped before measuring the work.
Wind the work well clear of the wheel before checking the bore.
Check that the wheel will not foul the sides of the bore before entry.
Set stops correctly when grinding a blind bore or up to a shoulder.

 

Sheet Metalworking Equipment
Guillotines both power and treadle, should be fitted with appropriate guarding to ensure that the fingers etc. of the operator cannot come into contact with the shearing blades.
When using Rolls and Bending machines, care should be taken to prevent fingers etc. being caught in the mechanism. Bending machines should always be left in the closed position when not in use.
Lever shears should always be fitted with a locking arm to prevent the lever from being accidentally operated when not in use.
When using Fly Presses and Hydraulic Presses take care to align the punches, dies or components before the press is used, as misalignment may cause the dies to fracture, and injure the operator or those in close proximity.